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The Cebu City Government will organize the luncheon for the Miss Universe candidates when they visit Cebu on January 17, 2017 for the swimwear presentation at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark.

City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said they will showcase the best of Cebu – from cuisine to entertainment – in the Cebu Festive Lunch that they will host for the Miss Universe candidates.

The City Government will not spend a single centavo to host the event, as it plans to seek the support of Cebu’s business sector and other private groups, he added.

According to Osmeña, getting picked as site for the Miss Universe swimwear presentation will be one positive response to the few negative reports and US embassy travel warning that has affected Cebu tourism.

SHOWCASE THE BEST OF CEBU. That’s the promise of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña (2nd from right) for the Cebu Festive Launch that they will host for Miss Universe candidates in Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark. With him during the announcement are (from left) General Manager Sean Noh, Chief Executive Officer Jason Uy, Philippine BXT Corp. Chairman and President Justin Uy, and Corporate Liaison Officer Arthur Lo.

SHOWCASE THE BEST OF CEBU. That’s the promise of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña (2nd from right) for the Cebu Festive Launch that they will host for Miss Universe candidates in Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark. With him during the announcement are (from left) General Manager Sean Noh, Chief Executive Officer Jason Uy, Philippine BXT Corp. Chairman and President Justin Uy, and Corporate Liaison Officer Arthur Lo.

Cebu Festive Lunch

Arthur Lo, Jpark corporate liaison officer, said they will announce the full program for the different events during the Miss Universe swimwear presentation in the coming days.

The Cebu Festive Lunch, which will also be held at Jpark Island Resort, is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lo said the resort will be letting a set number of people join the luncheon and guests must secure the tickets before these get sold out.

Justin Uy, chairman and president of Jpark Island Resort owning company Philippine BXT Corp., said the Cebu Festive Lunch will serve to highlight and promote Filipino food.

More tourists to Cebu

Osmeña said the Miss Universe events in Cebu will give Cebu tourism a big boost and result in more tourist arrivals, a welcome development especially as Cebu has little or no budget to promote itself.

“Our strongest attraction is our beautiful seas and our major markets don’t have white sand beaches. They are moving into the winter season over there, so we should focus on highlighting our destinations,” he cited.

Aside from the swimwear event and festive lunch, other events with the Miss Universe candidates at Jpark Island Resort on January 17 will probably include a music fest and fashion shows.